Every year sees scores of thrilling technology-related toys launched every month so that, by the end of the year, the range is vast, and it all seems so tempting. The best tech toys of 2019 keep up the tradition of encouraging children to develop their creativity, cognitive and motor skills while having fun.
Some of them can even help make parents’ jobs a little easier. From robot teddy bears, to a robot 3D printing set, these are the toys that have got kids and parents talking this year.
FurReal Cubby the Curious Bear
Hasbro is no stranger to producing robotic toys for children. However, Cubby the Curious Bear, the latest addition to the FurReal line, is in a class of its own. The bear can use its arms to play peek-a-boo, it can move its ears and snout, and it can blink. Touch sensors on the body, mouth, and head, as well as software that can generate more than 100 sound and motion combinations make interactive play possible. The toy even has a night mode in which it yawns, plays lullabies, and shuts down. Cubby is also durable. Suitable for age 4 and older.
A customisable book with an accompanying free app that makes a great gift for girls, Secret Code lets you cast the recipient as the hero with unique coding skills. The character makes various robots, one of which is a Chorebot that goes haywire. It is up to the reader to figure out how to solve the problem. The app uses AR to animate the young hero’s creations. You can enjoy some action at betting sites in New Zealand while she tries to save the world from her Chorebot. Suitable for age 4 to 8.
Air Hogs Zero Gravity Lazer
Created by Spin Master, the Air Hogs Zero Gravity Lazer remote-control stunt vehicle does exactly what it says on the box. It defies gravity. The lightweight toy car has a fan on the underside to create the suction power that allows the vehicle to travel up walls and across ceilings. Rather than a traditional remote control, you use a wireless laser pointer. The car senses the light with IR sensors and then chases it. Suitable for age 8 and older.
Lego Hidden Side Graveyard Mystery
Lego’s Hidden Side collection are other 2019 tech toys that use apps with AR. One of the best sets is the Graveyard Mystery, a cemetery with a monstrous tree, gravestones, and even the Angel of Death. Once the set has been built, the app can be used to scan it and find the ghosts that haunt the graveyard.Suitable for age 7 and older.
3Doodler Start Robo Sumo Pen Set
The 3Doodler Start Robo Sumo pen set is sure to make children of all ages happy on Christmas morning this year. The kit contains the translucent pen, a manual, a micro USB charging cord, an activity guide, a cardboard battleground, motors, and 24 plastic strands in different colours. The pen can be used to customise miniature robots that can then be made to fight on the battleground. Suitable for ages 6 to 13.